Into the Shadows

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Into the Shadows

Sometimes in life you need to look into the shadows to find the beauty you are looking for.  You need to learn how to see without the light.  When I started my photography journey, I was taught that photography is all about the light.  What I have come to understand is, that this also means the lack of it. 

One camera, One lens and no expectations

As a full time photographer, I love my life.  I love being able to capture or create imagery for my clients.  To keep balance in my life and the thirst and love for photography, it is important for me to create imagery for myself.  Some of my personal shoots are well planned, complex, themed events that often have an underlying story.  Others are simple; One camera, One lens and no expectations.  Shoot for the pure love of looking for the light, or the shadows.

Image from "New Acton" series.

It is a great feeling just chillin' out, walking around a cool area of town with someone who just wants to do the same.  Shoot for the fun of it.  When I put the call out for someone to come for a photo walk with me as a model, at very short notice, Joh Raymond put her hand up.  Joh has a beautiful soul, a love for life and it was a delight to be able to spend some time with her. Together we went looking into the shadows, trying to find some beauty.  I think we were successful.

I want to be a better photographer and person than I was yesterday. Some days that means head down, bum up learning new things, while others it means laying in a hammock and letting my mind drift into fresh ideas.  Some days, like this one, it means taking a photo for the simple love of photography. 

Enjoy life my friends, before the darkness gets you.

Doug Hall
Photographer

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Dark Spikes

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Dark Spikes

It is important in my opinion, to continue to grow as a photographer and artist.  It not only helps your work but also keeps your hunger for creating it alive.  Sometimes I will create photoshoots that will help me test new methods of shooting, new lighting ideas, different equipment, new posing options or, as it was in this case, work with the ideas and creativity of different people.

To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must forget them.
— Nadia Boulanger

Image from the "Dark Spikes" series

The world is always thirsty for something new, something amazing, something that leads the industry.  How do you become an artist that does that?  When I was learning the guitar as a child, there was a sign in the waiting room that read "To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must forget them" (Nadia Boulanger).  What makes you as a photographer or artist different to the person next to you?  That same person that has studied with you, that has learned the same rules that you have.  The difference is you.  The life journey that you have traveled has created your mindset, your beliefs, your hates, your view on life.  This is what makes you different and unique.  This difference is what I want to be around and helps me open my mind to new ideas, new perceptions, different tastes and all this helps me to create something awesome.

Model : Stacie Pickles
HMUA : Sarah Tahir

Did we create something new and industry leading in this shoot?  No I don't think so, but I am now a richer person from working with these two people.  I have grown as an artist and a photographer.  I have also met two new friends.

Enjoy life my friends, before the darkness gets you.

Doug Hall
Photographer


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Suicide Clowns

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Suicide Clowns

Nobody knows why the darkness comes. Why the sadness that falls upon us, just doesn't go away. That nothing feeling that fills your heart and that sensation of hopelessness that occupies your mind. Even clowns, whose entire existence is about making people happy, are often themselves covered by the darkness.

...darkness is not my friend, however I know it. I know because I was there, in it’s deep shadows...

The days get hard and things don't always go the way they are planned.  I have my sad days for no reason, but I accept that now and remind myself that it is ok to be sad, for no reason.  I love my life, all of it.  I take photo's for a living, have a loving wife (hi babydoll) and amazing friends and family.  I also love it because of the sad days and the darkness. Don't get me wrong, darkness is not my friend, but I know it. I know because I was there, in it's deep shadows, not seeing any hope, any happiness. I grew to understand that for me, the darkness helps give my life balance.  With balance comes happiness and the ability to enjoy life.

Image from the "Suicide Clowns" series

Even though this photoshoot was a dark theme and personally had a very emotional connection for me, I surrounded myself with an amazing team who, without their talent and ideas, I could not have created this series.

Models : Isaac KairouzAngeline Bubsy
HMUA : Kirsten Pawlicki
Style : Christine's Place 

Thankyou all for being a part of my life, be it a big part or a little part. It helps me enjoy my life and lets me find my balance.

Enjoy life

Doug Hall
Photographer 


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White Noise

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White Noise

I am a big believer that you need to find out what the important things in your life are, then try to focus your life on those things.  Life can get overly complicated and it can become overwhelming very quickly.

I follow an amazing photographer (Zac Arias), who did a guest blog spot for Scott Kelby about "Signal & Noise".  His words lingered in my mind for a long time and when this photoshoot come to life I used it as inspiration.

"White Noise" is about all the rubbish that bombards you in your life and covers you from top to bottom, so it becomes almost impossible to see through the noise of everyday life, to what is really important.

Image from the "White Noise" series

Like all good photoshoots, you need a great team and I just love working with these girls.  They are professional, talented and most importantly, lots of fun.

Model : Erica Foster
MUA : Kathryn Molloy
Hair : Rebekah Graham

See through the White Noise my friends, to what is important to you.  Focus on that and you will enjoy life so much more.

Doug Hall
Photographer

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Doug Hall - A Video Portrait

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Doug Hall - A Video Portrait

My photography journey has taken me to many places and has let me do many things.  I have come to learn my driving passion is people photography, which I grow through portrait and wedding photography.

‘Our journey is to tell your story through imagery:
your loves; your passions; your life.’
— Studio Vita

Studio Vita is my photography business. I am very lucky to have two business partners (Samantha Taylor and Lynne Bonnano) who not only have a love for photography but also a passion for life.

Check out this little video about me and my business.

www.studiovita.com.au

Enjoy life my friends.

Doug Hall
Photographer

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About this Journal

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About this Journal

From the "Urban Native" series.

If you are anything like me you are wondering what you’ll learn from this collection of words and pictures. Be prepared to be disappointed because believe it or not this is for me, not you.

This is my photographic journal. It is a selection of my images and what I have to say about them. There may, at times be talk about the photography, but most of the time it will be just be my thoughts, feelings or what I have learnt from the experience.

Be prepared to be disappointed because believe it or not this is for me, not you.

If you’re looking for a tutorial blog to show you what F-Stop to use, what is the best hardware to buy or how to setup studio lighting for a model shoot, then this isn’t something for you.

Like most diaries or journals, you may get to see a little insight into the type of person and photographer I am; this may be a bit of a shock for some, and then again you may even learn something about yourself. Either way, I think I have made it clear that this isn’t about you, it’s about me, my images and my thoughts on life.

Becoming a professional photographer has been a confronting process for me. In my past life I was a computer engineer, all things logical and process driven. After almost 15 years it had ingrained itself into who I was, or who I thought I was.  The last handful of years of my life have been an upheaval. Only now am I appearing from the smoke that is slowly settling around me.

I find myself looking at the world with different eyes. Eyes that are not always logical or process driven but now look for the beauty or wonder in the world. I have been forced to evaluate the important things in life.

Enjoy Life, before the darkness gets you.

The one defining thought I have had is I want to enjoy life. I have embraced that thought in all aspects of my life. In my new profession I enjoy life, through photography. While in my personal life I enjoy life by deliberately slowing down, smelling the roses and appreciating all it has to offer. 

Everyone has different beliefs and thoughts about how to live their lives. Mine may seem simple and uninspiring, but it works for me and I now wake up every morning with a smile in my heart, looking forward to the journey I am now on.

Enjoy Life, before the darkness gets you. 

Doug Hall
Photographer

 

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